With a bit of careful planning, attention & time, your garden can continue to thrive throughout the chilly winter months. Here’s our top five tips on how to care for your garden in the best possible way this this winter.
During the winter months when the temperature drops significantly, at times your lawn will likely be covered by snow and frost. Try avoid stepping on your lawn when it is wet as it will quickly become muddy. When spring arrives, your lawn will be a mess of grass & mud, and will require more upkeep and attention in order to recover from the winter months. If you need to step on your lawn to attend to plants during the winter, do so as little as possible and only in a few spots.
Some plants thrive in the spring & summer, while others prefer the winter months. When caring for your garden throughout winter, ensure plants you are planting will survive the cold weather and grow. If you’re looking for the perfect vegetables to continue growing throughout the winter, why not opt for cauliflower or broccoli? Or if you want to keep your garden bright and colourful, some nice flowers that continue to bloom throughout the winter months are snapdragons, pansies & daisies.
Mulch is composed of material like decaying leaves, bark or compost that you can spread around the garden and over plants to enrich and insulate the soil. To help your plants and garden thrive and grow this winter, add some mulch into your garden’s weekly routine. Mulch can help to moderate soil temperature, which helps keep the plant roots moist & cool, thus preventing soil erosion. Mulch helps protect your garden against the impact of bad weather, rain & wind.
4. Winter Clean
You may have heard of a spring clean for your home, but you also need to do a winter clean on your garden! Clear old debris away, including dead plants, fallen leaves & old vegetables. These should be disposed of in order to stop any bacteria or pests from forming in your garden and giving your plants diseases. Collect everything together and put it in your compost, which you can then use to help your plants get a steady flow of water & nutrients.
When the winter arrives and the temperature drops, frost can appear and cause major problems with your plants. When frost hits it can freeze the water within the plant cells, damaging the plant. Then, as the weather gets warmer during the day, the plant begins to thaw out. This freezing and thawing cycle can damage the plant cell walls and cause the cells to die. Therefore, insulate your plants against the frost by giving them a layer of protection . You can buy material specifically designed to protect your plants during the winter months.
If you’d like more information on how to look after your garden during the winter months, get in touch with us via our contact page or by giving us a call on 0800 246 5074.